Cat-eLog Right Arrow Amblycipitidae Right Arrow Amblyceps

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Scientific Name Amblyceps cerinum  Ng & Wright, 2010
Common Name
Type Locality Raidak I River at Shipra, just outside Buxa Tiger Reserve, ca. 8 kilometers toward Barobisha on Siliguri-Guwahati road, 26°31'12"N, 89°43'25"E, West Bengal, India.
Pronunciation AHM bli seps
Etymology From the Greek amblys, meaning blunt and kephale, meaning head; in reference to the blunt snout. The specific epithet derives from the Latin adjective cerinus, meaning wax-colored. This name is used in allusion to the yellowish coloration in life of this species.
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Size 97mm or 3.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The catfish genus Amblyceps is characteristic in having the epiphyseal commissure of the supraorbital sensory canals immediately anterior to, and not passing through the epiphyseal bar; the anterior cranial fontanelle narrowing abruptly along its posterior end offering epiphyseal commisure bony support from frontal; the fifth ceratobranchial expanding medially at its posterior tip; pinnatelike rays along anterior margin of the procurrent and medial caudal-fin rays; a transverse crest along entire posterior margin of roof of supraoccipital and pterotic; the lateroposterior process of horizontal lamina of urohyal short or vestigial,shorter than the horizontal lamina; the upper hypurals fused with compound centrum; the anterior nostril situated immediately anterior to the base of the nasal barbel; and both lips with double folds. It is also characteristic in having a prominent cup-like skin flap above the base of the pectoral spine.
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Distribution Brahmaputra River drainage, northern West Bengal, India.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Other Parameters Collected in only a few inches of water.
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Feeding Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods.
Furniture In nature, found in gently flowing shallow waters among rounded stones and gravel. Sparse but present plants.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zootaxa No. 2672, pp 51, Figs. 1-2.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 13 03:45 (species record created: 2004 Nov 26 00:00)